Tesla Launches Model Y in Turkey [VIDEO]

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Tesla has announced the prices for its first electric car in Turkey, its Model Y compact crossover SUV.

The automaker revealed the prices for all three versions of the vehicle, with the Model Y Standard Range priced at 1,548,732 ₺, the Model Y Long Range AWD priced at 1,619,532 ₺, and the Model Y Performance priced at 1,778,821 ₺.

All three models are placed in the 50% Special Consumption Tax (ÖTV) bracket, indicating that electric cars in Turkey are still viewed as a luxury item and are therefore taxed accordingly.

Last week, Tesla teased something was set to be announced in Turkey on April 4, sharing the hint on its Instagram Stories.

Back in December 2021, Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with Turkey’s President to discuss the company’s plans in Turkey and SpaceX. The meeting was followed by reports in January that Tesla was preparing to launch in Turkey and expand its Supercharger network.

In January, Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank visited Silicon Valley and held meetings at Tesla’s Fremont factory in California. During his visit, Varank praised Tesla as “one of the automobile brands of the future in the automotive industry.” He also confirmed that Tesla was keen to enter the Turkish market and that the company’s activities regarding charging stations were underway.

“Actually, they were going to come to Türkiye before but the process took a little longer due to their own internal evaluations,” detailed the minister.

With Tesla ramping up production of the Model Y at Gigafactory Berlin to 5,000 vehicles per week and Giga Shanghai continuing to churn out the Model 3 and Model Y in consistent numbers, it’s clear that capacity for a new launch in Turkey is now here.